A CONCERT HONORING THE VICTIMS OF THE WAR in UKRAINE
Saturday, May 21st, 2022, 7:30pm
In honor of the victims of the war in Ukraine, the Cantilena Chamber Choir will present the premiere of a new work, Slava Ukraine- a Ukrainian Prayer, by the world famous choral composer John Rutter and a new arrangement for choir and percussion of Hymn to the Fallen by John Williams from the film Saving Private Ryan. Also on the program rescheduled from May 2020 is the Te Deum for choir and orchestra, the rarely heard Le Reniement de St. Pierre (Peter's Denial of Christ) by Marc Antoine Charpentier and selections from the 2020 Grammy-nominated Liturgy of St. John Chrysosdom by American composer Kurt Sander.
CHRISTMAS AT TRINITY
Sunday, DECEMBER 5, 2021, 3:00pm
Trinity Church will present program of beloved carols, instrumental music, readings and more at Trinity Church, 88 Walker St. in Lenox on Sunday, December 5, at 3p.m. The concert will include well-known carols in settings by John Rutter and Bob Chilcott. Guests include the Williams College Handbell Choir, Joanne Nelson oboist, Natalia Shevchuk piano and guest readers. Covid safe environment proof of vaccination or neg test and masks required.
AT LAST WE SING AGAIN BERKSHIRES!
Saturday, September 4th, 2021 12-2:30pm
To celebrate the return of choral singing in the Berkshires, the Cantilena Chamber Choir will present an all-Berkshire Choir outdoor concert at Shakespeare & Company's New Spruce Theater. The event at 70 Kemble Street is on Saturday, Sept. 4, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The concert is free of charge for observers and $15 for registered singers. Participating groups include the Berkshire Concert Choir directed by Matthew Thomas, the Stockbridge Festival Chorus led by Tracy Wilson, the Northern Berkshire Chorale conducted by Andrew Burger and the Lenox-based Cantilena Chamber Choir directed by Andrea Goodman.
SUMMER CONCERTS IN BERKSHIRE GARDENS
Sunday, September 13th, 2020, 4pm &
Thursday August 26 2021, 6:00pm
The Cantilena Chamber Choir will presented outdoor Covid safe concerts in the Chinese garden at Naumkaeg, the Trustees property in Stockbridge MA. The program will include our best music from the past few seasons, including music by Bach, Chesnokov, Victoria, Barber, Copland, Erb and spiritual selections from out Martin Luther King concert series.
ANNUAL MARTIN LUTHER KING CONCERT
ELIJAH CUMMINGS TRIBUTE
Sunday, January 19th, 2020 3:00pm
The Cantilena Chamber Choir will present its annual Martin Luther King weekend concert. We are pleased to announce the return of the Baltimore Urban Choral Arts Society. Dr. King will be remembered in a combined choir performance of Robert Ray’s Gospel Mass and the choral music of composer Adolphus Hailstork. Members of the Baltimore Choir, several of whom were very well acquainted with the life and work of Rep. Cummings, will give a special tribute through personal testimonies.
The winner of the Berkshire Eagle’s Martin Luther King essay contest will be present to read the winning entry!
Sponsored by the Massachusetts Arts Council.
CHRISTMAS AT TRINITY
Sunday, DECEMBER 8, 2019, 3:00pm
The Cantilena Chamber Choir will present Christmas at Trinityat Trinity Church on Sunday, December 8, at 3p.m. The concert will include the beloved Vivaldi Gloria with instrumental ensemble, “Winter” from Vaughan Williams’ Folksongs of the Four Seasons and new carols by Dan Forrest. Guests include the Hudson Valley Choral Society, Gretchen Reuckheim director. Something for everyone! Hear the famous Gloria with Cantilena soloists, and new carol settings by the hugely popular composer Dan Forrest. Mostly known to the choral world for his Requiem, his shorter extraordinary carol settings will be presented along with a brand new work called The Sun Never Says.
MUSIC IN THE BARN In celebration of Mass Audubon's Pleasant Valley Sanctuary 90th Anniversary- two performancesSaturday & Sunday October 19 and 20, 2019, 3:00pmCantilena Chamber Choir, the Berkshires leading vocal ensemble, will present a concert in the barn of nature inspired music from Renaissance to modern, featuring music by Gregory Brown and James Kallembach on texts by John James Audubon. Listen to birds, frogs, crickets and more outside and inside! Limited seating, $35 general admission, $25 for Audubon members. Tickets available at www.cantilenachoir.org. To learn more about go to: massaudubon.org/pleasantvalley
Saturday, May 12, 2018, 7:30pm
Saturday, September 14, 2019, 7:30pm, SPA Little Theater, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga NY
Featuring live music for chorus & orchestra from the original 1928 score by Victor Alex and Leo Pouget. Special guests include Peter Krasinski, organ.
A 6:45 pre-concert lecture will explore the extraordinary history of the film and the score.
The Passion of Joan of Arc (French: La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc) is a 1928 silent French film based on the actual record of the trial of Joan of Arc. The film was directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer and stars Renee Jeanne Falconetti as Joan. It is widely regarded as a landmark of cinema. Dreyer's direction and Falconetti's performance is one of the finest in cinema history. The film summarizes the time that Joan of Arc was a captive of England depicting her trial and execution.
The original version was lost for decades after a fire destroyed the master negative and only variations of Dreyer's second version were available. In 1981, an employee of the Dikemark Hospital mental institution in Oslo found several film canisters in a janitor's closet that were labeled as being The Passion of Joan of Arc. The canisters were sent to the Norwegian Film Institute where they were first stored for three years until finally being examined. It was then discovered that they were Dreyer's original cut prior to government or church censorship.
In the 1920s film music was normally played live in the theatre. Only the reduced full score, string and vocal parts have survived, found in the U.S. Library of Congress. For this performance, the wind parts have been recreated and added. In 1994, composer Richard Einhorn wrote an oratorio based on the film entitled “Voices of Light", but this original 1928 score has rarely been performed.
Sunday, March 25, 2018
New Sounds A Cappella is a collaborative performance by the Cantilena Chamber and the Berkshire Community College choirs to introduce new and innovative a cappella music to the general public in an unconventional performance venue. The wonderful acoustics of the Intermodal center's lobby lends itself perfectly to both "classical" and also contemporary music (yet more sophisticated than typical college a cappella) with an appeal to a general audience. The Cantilena Choir will present new music by classical composers Ola Gjeilo and more, and also arrangements of Hyena's Anyone's Guess, Chanticleer's indie pop hit Cells Planets. Special guest Krishan Oberoi, director of San Diego's famous Sacra/Profana choir that specializes in this repertoire will conduct portions of the program.